Hello GIO Community!

I’m Zachary Pligge, long time GIO member, blogger, and gamer. This year I am leading the charge for Team GIO in our Extra Life 2013 campaign. Two years ago, a few members embarked on this mission to save kids through video games. In the span of just a few weeks, the handful of people managed to raise over $2000. Last year, Team GIO grew into a much bigger entity. With over 80 members, including GI Staff members Tim Turi and Ben Reeves, and former GI intern Jack Gardner leading the team, Team GIO was able to spread the word throughout the community and raise just under $11,000!

This year, I plan to go bigger and step up our game. The GIO community is such a strong and diverse group. With the extra months of planning and preparation, I believe it is possible to increase our fundraising expectations. This year I’m setting the bar at $15,000. There is no doubt in my mind that we can go above and beyond that goal amount as a community. Now here are some details on the event.


What is Extra Life?

Extra Life began in 2008. It was a way to honor a young lady by the name of Victoria Enmon. Victoria was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for years. She had undergone many treatments, which included a bone marrow transplant, but sadly learned that the leukemia had returned during the summer of 2007. Months later, Victoria passed away on January 21, 2008 at the age of 15.

During this time, the Sarcastic Gamer Community was greatly inspired by Victoria’s battle. Members of the community sent in video games to keep her spirits up, even throughout her numerous hospital trips and three separate bouts with the leukemia. After her passing Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money was formed. It started out as a way to raise money for the hospital that Victoria was treated at. But over the years the event grew to now include the entirety of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  All the money raised goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice.


When is Extra Life 2013?

The official date for Extra Life 2013 is November 2nd, starting at 8 AM and ending on November 3rd at 9 AM. Yes, Extra Life decided to ramp it up this year and add one more hour of gaming bliss.

If this date does not work for you, feel free to pick a better date. All donations are accepted before the event starts and for a certain period afterwards. If November 2nd is a bad day for you, don’t fret over it! Just pick out a date that works for you and get your friends and family to help you out at that time.


How Can I Get Involved?

In order to get involved with Extra Life 2013, you need to head over to their website, www.extra-life.org, and register as a participant. Registration is completely free. However, there is an option to sign up as a Platinum participant. This option is $15 and makes you eligible to receive prizes and other goodies throughout the campaign. You also receive a sweet Extra Life T-Shirt if you raise over $200. So if you plan to raise that amount, I would suggest that you sign up for the Platinum option.

Once registered, you are given the option to join a team or create a team. Click on join a team and search for Team GIO. If you miss this option by chance, head to http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=10819 and click to join the team this way.

From here, simply ask your friends, family, co-workers, or whomever to sponsor your efforts. They can donate a one-time gift or pledge monthly. Once November 2nd rolls around, be ready to tackle a full 24 hours of gaming!


Are There Any More Ways I Can Get Involved With Team GIO?

Yes! Many of the GIO members have been shooting around ideas about extra ways to get involved and raise some more money for Extra Life. We can always use graphics for the Team GIO page, the one I currently have up is temporary. There is also talk about creating and selling T-Shirts, art, etc.., but all that is still in the works as of now. If you have any other ideas, please share!

Team GIO also has a digital raffle. Last year GIO member Noobtubin8er put together a great digital raffle system which hopefully will be used again this year. But in order for this to happen, we need prizes to giveaway. If anyone has any prizes they would like to donate, feel free to contact me and let me know!


The Final Wrap-Up

If there is anything else you need to know about Team GIO or Extra Life 2013, just leave a comment below or contact me through the Game Informer website. Let’s do our best as a community and accomplish everything we can to help the children that need it the most! I will now leave with an unedited, unrehearsed video below about myself, Extra Life, and Team GIO.  And I apologize ahead of time for my stutter.

Contact Info:

Twitter: @PliggeTheFallen

Email: ZacharyPligge@gmail.com